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Frequently Asked Questions

Float UK

Who are we?
Float UK is a Floatation Centre that uses the latest in float tank technology, to provide one of the most relaxing experiences: Floatation Therapy.

We are a sister company to the leading floatation tank manufacturer – ‘Orbit’.

Head to for more information about our float tanks.


Where are we?
Float UK is located in Hertfordshire in a little village called Watton-At-Stone, located just outside of Stevenage.


To find us; head to our Contact Us Page


Why Choose Float UK?
Float UK uses the latest in float tank technology to bring the customer the best floating experience.

Orbit is a tank that’s been designed with the user in mind, to deliever the best float imaginable.


Float Experience

What do I need to bring?
Just Yourself! We provide everything you need. You will not need a swimsuit, as the tank is located in a private room.

We provide towels and ear buds, plus shampoo and soap for the shower.

You may want to bring a brush/comb and your own products such as deodorant and lotions.

Please stay away from strong fragrances in consideration of others!

If you use contact lenses, please remember to bring something to store them in while you float.


What do I wear during a float?
You can wear anything you want, but we would strongly recommend you wear nothing in order to get the full benefits.

Clothing will only restricting the experience, however, most first time floaters will opt for a swimsuit or swimming trunks if they feel more comfortable wearing something.


What preparation does a float session require?

Next to none. Arrive 10 minutes before your session and everything from the room to the floatation tank wil be ready for you!



How long can I float for?
Theoretically as long as you want, but Float UK offers 30, 60 and 90 minute Float Sessions (please email us or ask at reception for alternative float times)

We recommend a 60 minute first float to fully Immerse yourself within the experience.

However more experienced floaters book multiple sessions that can last anywhere from 2 to 3 hours.


What should I expect after my first float?

The team at Float UK believes each individual experience is different, so it’s hard to pin point an precise decription of what you will might expect. However, all feedback we’ve recieved so far has been extremely postive.

How many people can float at once?
We only allow one person per pod at a time.
We do however, have three float pods in separate rooms, so up to three people can float simultaneously.


Do I need a change of clothes?
Not Necessarily. It’s common for floaters to exit the tank, have a shower and put your clothes back on to resume your day where you left off. But should you wish to change, then by all means. Your room is completely private. 

Float Concerns

What is Epsom Salt and why is it used in flotation tanks?
Epsom Salt, named after a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate. Renowned as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.

The wonders of Epsom salt have been well known for hundreds of years and unlike other salts, Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating colds and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body

How much salt is required and is it supplied by Orbit?
500kg (1102lbs) of Epsom Salt is required per Orbit – please contact us for which salt is certified for use with Orbit.

Delivery & Installation

I’m unsure about floating. Can I come take a look first?

Yes of course! Contact a member of our team and we’ll organise a time for you to come
and visit Float UK to see the tank prior to comitting to a float session!

How clean is the solution?

The solution is fully drained out of Orbit at the end of every float, where it then passes through several filters.

A powerful pump and the very latest in filtration technology are incorporated in the design of the Orbit Pump Unit.

Orbits dual filters are fully effective to one micron which is an incredible 100 times smaller than a human hair!

Also the Epsom Salts are a natural disinfectant and create a hostile enviroment for bacteria, so it’s next to impossible for bacteria to live in Orbits solution. Please don’t worry, you won’t smell like you just came out of a public swimming pool or a hot tub.

What ages can float?

From ages 18+

What if I can’t swim?

Floating does not require an ability to swim and with such high levels of Epsom Salt the buoyancy is what will keep you floating!

What happens if I fall asleep? Can I Drown?

The high buoyancy of the salt water makes it impossible for an individual to sink beneath the surface. Once you are settled in the tank, you will only be able to touch the bottom of the tank with a great deal of effort.

What if I’m claustrophobic?

This is a very common topic for first time customers, but it’s not a problem.

The inside is rather like a tent. It’s warm, illuminated and well ventilated.

The power assisted door enables you open and close it whenever you like
and allows you to stop it at any point leaving it slightly or completely open. It’s up to you!

Will I have enough air?

Yes, of course! The air inside, is warm and it rises by convection. There is a vent at the top for the air to leave, and the fresh air enters near the water line and around the lid. The ventilation system is a Full airflow design that is draught free.

Are there lights in the tank?

Yes! The Orbit tank has four LED’s in its base and two more in its drain unit. The colours and timephase for these are changed in your preferences, prior to your float.

There is also a button inside the tank where you can switch on the lights at any point during the float!

Can I accidently turn over in the water?

No! The water is very shallow, just ten inches deep.

Also, it is much heavier than ordinary water because of the added Epsom salts,
so you float very easily and much higher in the water than in a swimming pool or another body of regular water.

You float on your back with absolutely no effort, with no tendency to roll over, unless you do it on purpose.

People often fall asleep in float tanks and there is no risk of rolling over.

Can I float if I’m pregnant?

Always consult with your doctor first!

It is considered that pregnant women probably get more relief from the float tank than anyone else.

Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for a woman in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive
gravitational strain placed on the body.

The float tank is a wonderful haven for pregnant women.

We do, however, recommend that pregnant women avoid floating during the first trimester.

If you have any concerns about the effects of floating on your pregnancy, we ask you to consult and get permission from your
physician before you float.

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

Yes you can. We advise that you take the same precautions that you would take when going to a swimming pool.


Do I have to stay in there the entire time?

No! You can open and leave the tank whenever you like.
Simply open Orbit’s door a few inches and it will open the rest of the way for you!

Who should avoid floating?

We do not recommend floating for Epileptics or people who suffer from
Heart Conditions and Ear Infections, unless you’ve been cleared to do so by your Doctor.

You will be required to complete a Form prior to your session to determine if floating is safe for you.

How regularly do you clean the tanks?

The Float Tank cleans itself and its solution everytime it fills up / empties so all we have to do is clean the room, ready for your visit, which is done between every float.

Will I get dehydrated from soaking in salt for too long?

Your skin doesn’t even prune up, this is due to the high levels of Epsom Salts in the water. You do absorb a lot of Magnesium from the Epsom Salt, so we advise keeping hydrated after your first float!

Can I go about my day as usual after a float?

Of course! We advise that you take some time to relax after your expeience in our dedicated relaxation room. Take an opportunity to bring yourself back to reality or tell us about your experience! We’d love to hear what you think!

Our Float Tank

What Float Tank do we use?

We use a new Floatation Tank called Orbit.

For more infomation about Orbit please visit

How Does it work?

In short, Orbit pumps an Epsom Salt solution into it’s fibreglass shell, which is about 25cm deep. Orbits power asisted door mechanism allows you to enter and close it with ease. This then creates the ultimate relaxing environment that gives you a sense of complete weightlessness and feeling of infinite space!

All of this is completely customisable. Prior to your float you can choose what music you listen to and what light effects you wish to have in your float!

What is Epsom Salt?

Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate. It is found naturally in many spa waters. It is very different from sea or table salt, which is mainly sodium chloride. Epsom salt has been used medicinally for centuries to treat various health issues.

It is non toxic and won’t harm you if you swallow some, but try not to as it has a very bitter and salty taste. We use it for two main reasons: it raises the density of the water, making it much easier to float, and it softens your skin.

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Other Questions

Can't find answers to your questions?

If you have a questions that we haven’t covered in our FAQ’s, please email us on:

My husband surprised me with a Float session at 13 weeks pregnant having heard it was a great therapy during pregnancy. Off the back of that session, I booked a package to spread out during the rest of my pregnancy. Floating during pregnancy is an amazing experience and something I would recommend to everyone when expecting.

When you get further into pregnancy, especially the third trimester, you feel heavy and tired so the weightlessness you feel in the float tank is extremely relieving and you really do feel like you have much more energy after a session. I have also suffered from some Sciatica and floating allows my hips to fully relax and realign. However all those benefits aside, just being able to lay safely on your back in the dark for any period of time is worth every single penny!

Gemma T

"Floating during pregnancy is an amazing experience"

I had my prize-winning float today and all I can say is wow! What an experience. Beautiful Clean and welcoming, the venue sets you up for a wonderfully relaxing time and that is before you get to experience ‘The Pod’. For a whole hour, I was completely pain-free and totally relaxed in a warm and serene environment. Can’t wait to go again and would highly recommend a visit

Lianne C

"What an experience"

Spotless clean with welcoming and friendly staff. Love the orbit pods, much better than other centres I've been in where they are small and you keep bumping off the sides. Can't wait for next one.

Sam H

"Excellent float centre"

My friend and I had our first Float session today, I had my doubts but decided to give it a go. So glad I did!! Loved it! The staff were friendly and helpful, explaining everything very clearly and gave us a little tour around. The rooms are spacious, warm and clean. The tanks are large and the water is the perfect temperature to let all your cares float away. Will definitely be going back!

Sarah M

" I had my doubts but decided to give it a go. So glad I did!! Loved it!"

This was my first experience at Float UK, and what an amazing experience it was, one to be repeated again and again. Not only do I feel extremely relaxed and at peace, my skin feels so soft to touch.

The staff are warm and welcoming and do what they can to help enhance your experience from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone of my friends and family as a must!!

Thank you Float UK!

Teri-Ann P

"The staff are warm and welcoming"

Had my first float today and what a great experience it was. Was a little nervous as didn't know what to expect, yet the staff were so helpful, explained everything and made me feel at ease. I find it very hard to relax and came out feeling so chilled. Thank you so much for this experience, I will definately be back and will highly recommend to all

Nicola C

"Thank you so much for this experience"

Everything explained fully and clearly. You are given your own lockable room with shower and pod. Shower products are natural and smell lush. Pods are huge.. you're given a head halo to help you float/relax.

The pod doors are very straightforward and easy to open & close. Music and coloured lights start to help you relax, the coloured lights gradually getting darker until totally darkness (for those who don't like total darkness there is a button to switch on lights if you want). Very relaxing experience!

Michelle F

"Very Welcoming"

I actually switched off and deeply relaxed even with a 30min session. My back felt better and skin felt softer. Can’t wait to have another session!!

Amanda G

"I actually switched off"

My first time and I loved it, the girls explained everything to me, then once I was in the pod I was in heaven. I'm ready for bed now I'm so relaxed. Can't wait to come back

Pauline W

"My first time and I loved it"

The Second time I have been here and it is the best experience you could possibly want. You come out relaxed and chilled beyond what you could imagine, and it is fantastic for sports recovery injuries too. Great team that work here too. People need to try this!

David H-J

"The best experience you could possibly want"

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Dear Float UK Customers.

Float UK is currently closed due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Any bookings will be honoured and we ask that you look to rebook once we reopen. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Keep an eye on the latest government news for when facilities will be likely to re-open. During this time we will not be monitoring emails or calls